Light Science and Magic: An Introduction to Photographic Lighting

Light Science and Magic: An Introduction to Photographic Lighting

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By (author) Fil Hunter, By (author) Paul Fuqua, By (author) Steven Biver

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  • Publisher: Focal Press
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 190mm x 232mm x 14mm | 680g
  • Publication date: 1 October 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0240812255
  • ISBN 13: 9780240812250
  • Edition: 4, Revised
  • Edition statement: 4th Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: col. Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 12,447

Product description

This book is renowned for being the book to own to understand lighting! This is better than all the other how to books on the market which just provide set examples for photographers to follow. Light Science and Magic provides photographers with a comprehensive theory of the nature and principles of light to allow individual photographers to use lighting to express their own creativity. It will show you in-depth how to light the most difficult subjects such as surfaces, metal, glass, liquids, extremes (black-on-black and white-on-white), and people. With more information specific for degital photographers, a brand new chapter on equipment, much more information on location lighting, and more on photographing people, you'll see why this is one of the only recommended books by www.strobist.com.

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Author information

Fil Hunter is a highly respected commercial photographer specializing in still life and special effects photographs for advertising and editorial illustration. During a career spanning over three decades, he has worked for such clients as America Online, US News, Time-Life Books, Life Magazine (27 covers), the National Science Foundation, and National Geographic. He has taught photography at the university level and has served as technical consultant on a number of photographic publications. Mr. Hunter has won the Virginia Professional Photographer's Grand Photographic Award three times. He lives in Alexandria, VA. Paul Fuqua, Virginia, USA, started his own audiovisual production company in 1970. Dedicated to teaching through visuals, he has written and produced educational and training material in a variety of fields, including law, science, and nature. His photography takes him all over the world, but he makes his home in Arlington, VA. Steven Biver, Virginia, USA, Commercial photographer, former clients include Adobe, Mobil, Newsweek, Black and Decker

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"If you are a photographer of any type, especially on who does studio work, this is a must have reference." ? BC Books (May 2007) "The first book on photographic lighting that is worth using as a text. Light - Science and Magic is about principles, not cheap tricks or the authors' portfolio." -Pete Christman, Savannah College of Art and Design. more to come with permission for use obtained

Table of contents

How to Learn Lighting; Light, The Raw Material of Photography; The Management of Reflection and the Family of Angles; Surface Appearances; Revealing Shape and Contour; Metal; The Case of the Disappearing Glass; An Arsenal of Lights; The Extremes; Traveling Light; Index NEW: Equipment, Location Lighting